My Favorite German Actors & Actresses (to be continued)by Geroellheimer | created - 01 Jul 2011 | updated - 19 Mar 2013 | Public
2. Götz George
Actor | Der Totmacher
Götz George, born in Berlin in 1938, is the son of the famous actor Heinrich George and his wife, the actress Berta Drews. After first appearances on the stage of Berlin's Hebbel Theater during his childhood, Götz George was trained as an actor by the recognized teacher Else Bongers. At the age of ...
Actress | Lola rennt
Franka Potente was born on 22 July 1974 in the German city of Münster, to Hildegard, a medical assistant, and Dieter Potente, a teacher, and raised in the nearby town of Dülmen. After her graduation in 1994, she went to the Otto-Falckenberg-Schule, a drama school in Munich, but soon broke off to ...
Actor | The Face of Fu Manchu
Joachim Fuchsberger was born on March 11, 1927 in Stuttgart, Germany. He was an actor, known for The Face of Fu Manchu (1965), The College Girl Murders (1967) and The Devil's Daffodil (1961). He was married to Gundula Korte and Gitta Lind. He died on September 11, 2014 in Grünwald, Bavaria, Germany.
5. Heinz Drache
Actor | Ein Sarg aus Hongkong
This actor's chief claim to fame lies in being the most in-vogue screen cop of post-war German cinema. He first established his reputation in the role of the charismatic Inspector Yates in Francis Durbridge's miniseries Das Halstuch (1962), which hit an impressive eighty percent in TV ratings. He ...
6. Eddi Arent
Actor | Der Schatz im Silbersee
Eccentric, self-deprecating comedian Eddi Arent first attracted attention in a series of quirky Edgar Wallace adaptations in the 1960's. For several years, he was Germany's idea of stereotypically blithering English lords (Die seltsame Gräfin (1961), as the aptly named Lord Selwyn Moron), ...
7. Klaus Kinski
Actor | Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht
Klaus Kinski was born as Klaus Günter Karl Nakszynski in Zoppot, Free City of Danzig (now Sopot, Poland), to Susanne (Lutze), a nurse, and Bruno Nakszynski, a pharmacist. He grew up in Berlin, was drafted into the German army in 1944 and captured by British forces in Holland. After the war he began...
8. Karin Dor
Actress | You Only Live Twice
Born Kätherose Derr in Wiesbaden, Karin Dor studied acting and ballet at school and began in films as an extra. The attractive redhead made an indelible impression on Austrian director Harald Reinl (who became her first husband in 1954) and this paved the way to higher profile roles. Her first ...
Actress | Hexenjagd
Brigitte Grothum was born on February 26, 1935 in Dessau, Germany. She is an actress, known for Hexenjagd (1960), Der eingebildete Kranke (1960) and Ein Mann namens Harry Brent (1968). She has been married to Manfred Weigert since 1969. They have two children. She was previously married to C. A. ...
10. Gert Fröbe
Actor | Goldfinger
Tall, portly built German born actor (and talented violinist) who notched up over 100 film appearances, predominantly in German-language productions. He will forever be remembered by Western audiences as the bombastic megalomaniac "Auric Goldfinger" trying to kill Sean Connery and irradiate the ...
11. Dieter Borsche
Actor | Die große Versuchung
Dieter Borsche was born on October 25, 1909 in Hannover, Germany as Albert Eugen Rollomann. He was an actor and director, known for Die große Versuchung (1952), Fanfaren der Liebe (1951) and No Greater Love (1952). He was married to Ursula Willick, Monika Drum and Ursula Poser. He died on ...
19. Jutta Speidel
Actress | Drei sind einer zuviel
Jutta Speidel was born on March 26, 1954 in Munich, Bavaria, West Germany. She is an actress and writer, known for Drei sind einer zuviel (1977), Alle meine Töchter (1995) and For Heaven's Sake (2002). She was previously married to Dr. Stefan Feuerstein.
21. Manfred Krug
Actor | Liebling Kreuzberg
In 1950, Krug moved to East Germany where he worked in heavy industry before he started his career as an actor and, later on, as a singer and entertainer in the communist GDR. In 1968, he got the national prize and was only at the beginning of his career. He starred in many successful East German ...
22. Robert Atzorn
Actor | Oh Gott, Herr Pfarrer
Robert Atzorn was born on February 2, 1945 in Bad Polzin, Pomerania, Germany. He is an actor, known for Oh Gott, Herr Pfarrer (1988), Unser Lehrer Doktor Specht (1992) and From the Life of the Marionettes (1980). He has been married to Angelika Hartung since 1976. They have two children.
23. Maria Schell
Actress | Superman
Maria Schell studied in a religious institution in Colmar (Haut-Rhin, France). She received a dramatic training in Zurich, Switzerland. To pay her studies, she was a secretary there. Besides being a film star; Maria appeared in plays in Zurich, Basel, in Vienna (Josefstad Theater), Berlin, Munich (...
26. Evelyn Hamann
Actress | Adelheid und ihre Mörder
Evelyn Hamann was born on August 6, 1942 in Hamburg, Germany. She was an actress, known for Adelheid und ihre Mörder (1993), Attention, Papa Arrives! (1991) and Loriot (1976). She was married to Hans Walter Braun. She died on October 29, 2007 in Hamburg.
27. Hansjörg Felmy
Actor | Buddenbrooks - 1. Teil
Hansjörg Felmy was the son of senior Luftwaffe general Hellmuth Felmy (1885-1965) who had risen to corps command in the closing stages of the Second World War. The younger Felmy grew up in Brunswick and first worked in the locksmiths and printing trades. Finding the arts more to his taste he joined...
Actress | Mutter mit 16
Susanna Wellenbrink was born on November 23, 1974 in Ottobrunn, Bavaria, Germany. She is an actress, known for Mutter mit 16 (1992), Mutter mit 18 (1995) and Die glückliche Familie (1987). She was previously married to Peter Brandhuber and Daniel Ramsbott.
32. Rosel Zech
Actress | Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss
Rosel Zech was born on July 7, 1942 in Berlin-Charlottenburg, Germany as Rosalie Helga Lina Zech. She was an actress, known for Veronika Voss (1982), Salmonberries (1991) and The Assault of the Present on the Rest of Time (1985). She died on August 31, 2011 in Berlin, Germany.
Friedrich G. Beckhaus was born on December 11, 1927 in Berlin, Germany as Friedrich Georg Beckhaus. He is an actor, known for Raumpatrouille - Die phantastischen Abenteuer des Raumschiffes Orion (1966), Liebling Kreuzberg (1986) and Der Fall Jakubowski - Rekonstruktion eines Justizirrtums (1964). ...
Actress | Anna und die Liebe
Jeanette Biedermann was born on February 22, 1980 in Berlin, German Democratic Republic. She is an actress, known for Anna (2008), Shark Attack in the Mediterranean (2004) and Tatort (1970). She has been married to Jörg Weisselberg since July 7, 2012.
36. Charles Brauer
Actor | Tatort
Charles Brauer was born on July 3, 1935 in Berlin, Germany as Charles Knetschke. He is an actor, known for Tatort (1970), Somewhere in Berlin (1946) and Samt und Seide (2000). He has been married to Lilot Hegi since 1987. They have one child. He was previously married to Witta Pohl.
39. Ottfried Fischer
Actor | Der Bulle von Tölz
Ottfried Fischer was born on November 7, 1953 in Ornatsöd, Bavaria, West Germany. He is an actor and writer, known for Der Bulle von Tölz (1996), Beck (1997) and Alle meine Töchter (1995). He has been married to Renate Bairich since June 22, 1990. They have two children.
41. Hendrik Martz
Actor | Gegen den Wind
Hendrik Martz was born on May 9, 1968 in Hamburg, West Germany. He is foremost, an actor. but also a musician dubbing artist and acting coach. He began his acting career at the age of 16, in the title role of the ZDF Christmas series, Patrik Pacard (1984). He is also known for Die Wicherts von ...
47. Horst Frank
Actor | Haie und kleine Fische
The blond, steely-eyed bad guy of European westerns and potboilers was born in Lübeck, Germany, the son of a porcelain painter. Horst Frank financed his acting studies by working part-time as a babysitter and night watchman. He actually failed his final exams at the Musikhochschule Hamburg, but ...
50. Siegfried Rauch
Actor | Patton
Siegfried Rauch was born on April 2, 1932 in Landsberg am Lech, Bavaria, Germany. He was an actor, known for Patton (1970), Der Idiot (1968) and Es muß nicht immer Kaviar sein (1977). He was married to Karin Rauch. He died on March 11, 2018 in Untersöchering, Bavaria.
Actor | Semesterferien
Friedrich Schoenfelder was born in 1916 as an architect's son in Sorau. He grew up in Frankfurt/Oder, Wickersdorf and Berlin. Following high school he was admitted to the Acting Class of the Prussian State Theater in Berlin, where he also received his first contract from 1936 to 1939. Returning ...
52. Sieghardt Rupp
Actor | Per un pugno di dollari
Sieghardt Rupp was born on June 14, 1931 in Bregenz, Vorarlberg, Austria. He was an actor, known for A Fistful of Dollars (1964), Weininger's Last Night (1990) and The Lightship (1963). He was married to Gotlinde Rupp. He died on July 20, 2015 in Vienna, Austria.
53. Helmut Fischer
Actor | Monaco Franze - Der ewige Stenz
Helmut Fischer was born on November 15, 1926 in Munich, Germany. He was an actor and director, known for Monaco Franze - Der ewige Stenz (1983), Die Hausmeisterin (1987) and Starke Zeiten (1988). He was married to Utta Martin. He died on June 14, 1997 in Riedering, Bavaria, Germany.
54. Gustl Bayrhammer
Actor | Meister Eder und sein Pumuckl
Gustl Bayrhammer was born on February 12, 1922 in Munich, Germany as Adolf Gustav Rupprecht Maximilian Bayrhammer. He was an actor, known for Master Eder and His Pumuckl (1982), O.K. (1970) and Königlich Bayerisches Amtsgericht (1969). He was married to Irmgard Henning. He died on April 24, ...
56. Uschi Glas
Actress | Zwei Münchner in Hamburg
Uschi Glas was born on March 2, 1944 in Landau an der Isar, Bavaria, Germany as Helga Ursula Glas. She is an actress and writer, known for Zwei Münchner in Hamburg (1989), Go for It, Baby (1968) and She Lost Her... You Know What (1968). She has been married to Dieter Hermann since October 22, ...
57. Senta Berger
Actress | Unter Verdacht
Senta Berger was born in 1941 in Vienna, Austria to her father Josef Berger who was a musician and her mother Therese Berger, a school teacher. Senta and her father performed together when she was just four years old. She sang and her dad played the piano. At five years old, she took ballet lessons...
58. Mario Adorf
Actor | Der große Bellheim
Mario Adorf, a tell-tale name indeed. Mario calls to mind the actor's Italian roots (his father was a Calabrian surgeon) whereas Adorf reveals his German origins (his mother was a radiologist from the German region Eifel). As for the full name Mario Adorf it echoes to perfection the international ...
59. Hans Albers
Soundtrack | Soul Kitchen
Life companion was the actress Hansi Burg. Their relationship started in 1925. They separated in 1935 due to the pressure of the German Nazi government. In 1938 she went into exile in Switzerland (later London). Shortly after this she married the Norwegian Erich Blydt. Burg returned to Germany and ...
60. Horst Buchholz
Actor | La vita è bella
On the cast list of The Magnificent Seven (1960), you will find several names that doubtless you know well: Charles Bronson, Steve McQueen, and Yul Brynner. But there is one name that you will have difficulty pronouncing, let alone identifying as an actor you have seen before. That man is Horst ...
61. Marlene Dietrich
Soundtrack | Witness for the Prosecution
Her father was a police lieutenant and imbued in her a military attitude to life. Marlene was known in school for her "bedroom eyes" and her first affairs were at this stage in her life - a professor at the school was terminated. She entered the cabaret scene in 1920s Germany, first as a spectator ...
62. Peter van Eyck
Actor | The Longest Day
With his whitish blond crew-cut, slow, menacing drawl and Germanic manner, Van Eyck was destined to be typecast as stereotypically scowling, arrogant Nazi officers. This was ironic, because being an avowed anti-fascist, he had left Germany in 1931 -- two years before Adolf Hitler came to power. The...
63. O.W. Fischer
Actor | Ich suche dich
O.W. Fischer was born on April 1, 1915 in Klosterneuburg, Austria-Hungary as Otto Wilhelm Fischer. He was an actor and director, known for Ich suche dich (1956), Helden (1958) and Ludwig II: Glanz und Ende eines Königs (1955). He was married to Anna Usell. He died on January 29, 2004 in Lugano...
Actress | Das Erbe der Guldenburgs
Ruth-Maria Kubitschek was born on August 2, 1931 in Komotau, Czechoslovakia. She is an actress, known for Das Erbe der Guldenburgs (1987), Sperrbezirk (1966) and Monaco Franze - Der ewige Stenz (1983). She was previously married to Götz Friedrich.
Actress | Julia - Eine ungewöhnliche Frau
Christiane Hörbiger was born on October 13, 1938 in Vienna, Austria. She is an actress, known for Julia - Eine ungewöhnliche Frau (1999), Black Widow (2001) and Tafelspitz (1994). She was previously married to Bigler, Dr. Rolf and Wolfgang Glück.
Technicaly she's austrian
Actor | Out of Africa
Gave his debut as an actor in 1962. Member of the 'Wiener Burgtheater' in Vienna since 1972. Played at the 'Salzburger Festspiele' since 1975. Directed plays since 1977. Debuted as a movie actor in 1972.
Technicaly he's Austrian
68. Curd Jürgens
Actor | The Spy Who Loved Me
Curd Jürgens (commonly billed as "Curt Jurgens" in anglophone countries) was one of the most successful European film actors of the 20th Century. He was born Curd Gustav Andreas Gottlieb Franz Jürgens on December 13, 1915, in Solln, Bavaria, in Hohenzollern Imperial Germany, a subject of Kaiser ...
69. Nastassja Kinski
Actress | Tess
Nastassja Kinski was born Nastassja Aglaia Nakszynski on January 24, 1961 in Berlin, Germany, the daughter of German actor Klaus Kinski. In 1976, she met director Roman Polanski, who urged her to study method acting with Lee Strasberg in the United States. Kinski starred in the Italian romantic ...
70. Hildegard Knef
Actress | Jeder stirbt für sich allein
Hildegard Frieda Albertine Knef was born on December 28, 1925 in Ulm, Germany. In 1940, she began studying acting. Even before the fall of the Third Reich, she appeared in several films, but most of them were only released after the war. To avoid being raped by Soviet soldiers, she dressed like a ...
71. Hardy Krüger
Actor | Hatari!
At thirteen years, German-born and raised Hardy Kruger became a member of the "Hitler Jugend" (Hitler Youth), as did all 13-year-old boys in Germany then. The purpose of the organization was to prepare the boys for military service. At age 15, Hardy made his film debut in a German picture (Young ...
72. Hans Moser
Actor | Sieben Jahre Pech
Hans Moser was born on August 6, 1880 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary as Johann Julier. He was an actor, known for Seven Years Hard Luck (1940), Symphonie in Gold (1956) and Black on White (1943). He was married to Blanca Moser. He died on June 19, 1964 in Vienna, Austria.
Technicaly he's Austrian
73. Peter Alexander
Soundtrack | Im weissen Rössl
To paraphrase the Beatles, one could say that, like Michelle and Ma Belle, Peter Alexander and Music are words that go together well, for the Austrian entertainer (musician, singer and actor) was associated with music from cradle to tomb. Born in Vienna in 1926, the son of a banker and his wife, ...
Technicaly he's Austrian
75. Lilli Palmer
Actress | The Four Poster
A charming, elegant, and exceedingly popular international film star with a gentle, understated beauty, actress Lilli Palmer was born as Lilli Marie Peiser on May 24, 1914, in Posen, Prussia. She was the daughter of Rose Lissman, an Austrian Jewish actress, and Alfred Peiser, a German Jewish ...
Willy Millowitsch was born on January 8, 1909 in Cologne, Germany. He was an actor and director, known for National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985), Paradies der flotten Sünder (1968) and Der Etappenhase (1956). He was married to Gerda Feldhoff and Linny Lüttgen. He died on September 20, ...
77. Edith Hancke
Actress | Holiday in St. Tropez
Edith Hancke was born on October 14, 1928 in Berlin, Germany. She was an actress, known for Holiday in St. Tropez (1964), Paradies der flotten Sünder (1968) and Sky Without Stars (1955). She was married to Klaus Sonnenschein and Lutz Moik. She died on June 4, 2015 in Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf...
78. Heidi Kabel
Actress | Das kann ja heiter werden
Heidi Kabel was born on August 27, 1914 in Hamburg, Germany as Heidi Bertha Auguste Kabel. She was an actress, known for Das kann ja heiter werden (1982), Die Kartenlegerin (1968) and Tratsch im Treppenhaus (1962). She was married to Hans Mahler. She died on June 15, 2010 in Hamburg.
79. Otto Waalkes
Actor | Otto - Der Film
Otto Waalkes was born on July 22, 1948 in Emden, Germany as Otto Gerhard Waalkes. He is an actor and writer, known for Otto - Der Film (1985), Otto - Der Liebesfilm (1992) and Help, I Shrunk My Teacher (2015). He was previously married to Eva Haßmann and Manuela Ebelt.
82. Herbert Herrmann
Actor | Mandragola
Herbert Herrmann was born on June 7, 1941 in Berne, Switzerland. He is an actor, known for Mandragola (1974), Ich heirate eine Familie... (1983) and Sonderdezernat K1 (1972). He has been married to Nora von Collande since 2005. He was previously married to Susanne Uhlen.
83. Heinz Rühmann
Actor | Ein Mann geht durch die Wand
Heinz Rühmann was born on March 7, 1902 in Essen, Germany as Heinrich Wilhelm Rühmann. He was an actor and producer, known for Ein Mann geht durch die Wand (1959), The Captain from Köpenick (1956) and The Good Soldier Schweik (1960). He was married to Hertha Droemer, Hertha Feiler and Maria ...
84. Siegfried Lowitz
Actor | Der Alte
Siegfried Lowitz was born on September 22, 1914 in Berlin, Germany as Siegfried Wodolowitz. He was an actor, known for The Old Fox (1977), Dr. M schlägt zu (1972) and Anna Maria - Eine Frau geht ihren Weg (1994). He was married to Marianne Probst and Elisabeth Felber. He died on June 27, 1999 ...
Actor | Judgment at Nuremberg
Maximilian Schell was the most successful German-speaking actor in English-language films since Emil Jannings, the winner of the first Best Actor Academy Award. Like Jannings, Schell won the Oscar, but unlike him, he was a dedicated anti-Nazi. Indeed, with the exception of Maurice Chevalier and ...
86. Romy Schneider
Actress | L'important c'est d'aimer
Romy Schneider was born on 23 September 1938 in Vienna, Austria into a family of actors. Making her film debut at the age of 15, her breakthrough came two years later in the very popular trilogy Sissi (1955). Her mother, supervising her daughter's career, immediately approved Romy's participation ...
87. Sonja Ziemann
Actress | Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor
Sonja Ziemann was born on February 8, 1926 in Eichwalde bei Berlin, Germany as Alice Toni Selma Ziemann. She is an actress, known for The Merry Wives of Windsor (1950), The Black Forest Girl (1950) and Geliebter Schatz (1943). She was previously married to Charles Regnier, Marek Hlasko and Rudolf ...
88. Bruno Ganz
Actor | Der Untergang
Bruno Ganz was an acclaimed Swiss actor who was a prominent figure in German language film and television for over fifty years. He is internationally renowned for portraying Adolf Hitler in the Academy Award-nominated film Downfall (2004).
Ganz was born in Zürich, to a Swiss mechanic father and a ...
89. Rudolf Platte
Actor | Tante Wanda aus Uganda
Rudolf Platte was born on February 12, 1904 in Hörde [now Dortmund], Germany as Rudolf Antonius Heinrich Platte. He was an actor, known for Tante Wanda aus Uganda (1957), Das kleine Teehaus (1967) and Veronika Voss (1982). He was married to Marina Ried, Georgia Lind and Vally Hager. He died on ...
90. Heinz Erhardt
Actor | Heinz Erhardt Festival
The multi-talented comedian, pianist, singer and home-spun poet Heinz Erhardt was born in Riga, the son of a successful bandmaster. After his parents split up, he had a somewhat unsettled upbringing, spent, alternately, with his mother in St. Petersburg, with his grandparents in Riga and with his ...
91. Trude Herr
Director | Jakob und Rahel
Trude Herr was born on May 4, 1927 in Cologne, Germany. She was an actress, known for Jakob und Rahel (1965), Geschichten aus der Heimat (1983) and Scheidung op Kölsch (1981). She was married to Ahmed M'Barek. She died on March 16, 1991 in Aix-en-Provence, Bouches-du-Rhône, France.
93. Walter Giller
Actor | Zwei unter Millionen
Walter Giller was born on August 23, 1927 in Recklinghausen, Germany. He was an actor, known for Zwei unter Millionen (1961), Roses for the Prosecutor (1959) and Charley's Aunt (1956). He was married to Nadja Tiller. He died on December 15, 2011 in Hamburg, Germany.
94. Grethe Weiser
Actress | Keine Leiche ohne Lily
Grethe Weiser (born in Hannover, Germany, as Mathilde Ella Dorothea Margarethe Nowka) was a singer, comedian, film and stage actress. She grew up in Kotsche and Dresden and went to the private school Höhere Töchter. At the age of 18 she married Josef Weiser, with whom she had a son in 1922. The ...
96. Moritz Bleibtreu
Actor | Das Experiment
Moritz Bleibtreu is a German actor born on August 13, 1971 in Munich growing up in Hamburg. He first appears in children's television series Neues aus Uhlenbusch (1977) at the age of six. His breakthrough was the role called "Abdul" in the movie Knockin' on Heaven's Door (1997). He also became ...
97. Monica Bleibtreu
Actress | Vier Minuten
Monica Bleibtreu was born on May 4, 1944 in Vienna, Austria. She was an actress and writer, known for Four Minutes (2006), The Manns - Novel of a Century (2001) and The Murder Farm (2009). She was married to Hans-Peter Korff. She died on May 13, 2009 in Hamburg, Germany.
99. Hans Brenner
Actor | Todesspiel
Hans Brenner was born on November 25, 1938 in Innsbruck, Austria as Johann Brenner. He was an actor and editor, known for Todesspiel (1997), Mathias Kneissl (1971) and Die Hausmeisterin (1987). He was married to Susanne Kappeler. He died on September 4, 1998 in Munich, Bavaria, Germany.
100. Heidi Brühl
Actress | Der Zigeunerbaron
Heidi Brühl was born on January 30, 1942 in Gräfelfing, Bavaria, Germany as Heidi Rosemarie Brühl. She was an actress, known for The Gypsy Baron (1962), Hochzeit auf Immenhof (1956) and Ferien auf Immenhof (1957). She was married to Brett Halsey. She died on June 8, 1991 in Starnberg, Bavaria.